2021-07-30 12:41:36

Anti-BDS Jewish Orgs Back Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Sales Ban in Settlements Despite Israeli Pressure

Israel has launched what has been described as a maximum pressure campaign against Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever, after the iconic ice cream brand announced it would halt sales in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israel has asked 35 U.S. governors to enforce state laws which make it a crime to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS. The founders of Ben & Jerry’s, who no longer have operational control of the company, have defended the company’s decision. A number of Jewish groups including J Street, the New Israel Fund and Americans for Peace Now, all of whom oppose BDS, have defended Ben & Jerry’s decision and rejected accusations that the company’s decision was antisemitic. “What we’re seeing is an aggressive, over the top, full-court press from senior officials in the Israeli government … to target Ben & Jerry’s simply for the fact that they made a principled decision to respect the distinction between the state of Israel and the territory that it occupies beyond the green line,” says Logan Bayroff, Vice President of Communications of J-Street. “These anti-boycott aren’t just posing issues under the first amendment, they’re actually punishing companies that do the right thing by ending their complicity in human rights abuses,” adds Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch.

BDS Ben & Jerry's Democracy Now! DN Human Rights Watch Israel Logan Bayroff New Israel Fund zDN

Human Rights and Equality

Democracy Now!

Rights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can't Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

Rights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can't Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

The Stephanie Miller Show

The Fight For Basic Human Rights

The Fight For Basic Human Rights

The Stephanie Miller Show

They Want 2016 Trump Back

They Want 2016 Trump Back

Rising Up With Sonali

Navigating Free Speech In the Age of Guns and Elon Musk

Navigating Free Speech In the Age of Guns and Elon Musk

Related

Democracy Now!

The New McCarthyism: Angela Davis Speaks in New York After Critics Shut Down Two Events

The New McCarthyism: Angela Davis Speaks in New York After Critics Shut Down Two Events

Democracy Now!

Inside Israeli Cover-up & US Response to Murder of Palestinian American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Inside Israeli Cover-up & US Response to Murder of Palestinian American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 2, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 2, 2022

Democracy Now!

Rights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can't Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

Rights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can't Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

Proud Partners